Sagstrom nets runner-up finish as women’s golfers tie for second

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The LSU women’s golf team posted its best finish of the season, tying for second with Vanderbilt in the final round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Sunday at the Long Cove Club.

Madelene Sagstrom had her second top-five finish of the year, posting a runner-up finish in the individual competition, which is the best finish of her career at LSU. It was the seventh career top 10 with the Lady Tigers.

LSU fired a 15-over 299 in the final round for a final total of 28-over par 880 (295-286-299). Vanderbilt tied for second at 880 (296-282-302).

Fourth-ranked Alabama came from behind to win the tournament with a final round of 291.

The Crimson Tide finished four shots clear of LSU and Vandy at 24-over 876 (297-288-291) over the 6,211-yard, par-71 course.

Sagstrom finished at even par for the three-day event with rounds of 71-67-75. Arizona State’s Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State won with a 4-under score of 209 (72-69-68).

Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

At Hilton Head, S.C.

Final team results (Par 284-852): 1. Alabama 297-288-291—876 (+24). 2. LSU 295-286-299—880 (+28); 2. Vanderbilt 296-282-302—880 (+28). 4. Arizona State 297-297-293—887 (+35). 5. North Carolina 295-299-295—889 (+37); 5. Arkansas 293-298-298—889 (+37). 7. Virginia 301-303-290—894 (+42). 8. UCF 298-302-302—902 (+50). 8. Tennessee 297-301-304—902 (+50). 10. Georgia 308-299-307—914 (+62). 11. South Carolina 314-305-302—921 (+69). 12. TCU 311-305-307—923 (+71). 13. Furman 313-306-305—924 (+72). 14. Wake Forest 304-320-302—926 (+74). 15. Auburn 315-316-307—938 (+86).

Individual top 5 (Par 71-216): 1.Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State, 72-69-68—209 (-4). 2. Madelene Sagstrom, LSU, 71-67-75—213 (E). 3. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama, 77-70-67—214 (+1). 4. Dani Ordonez, Arizona State, 73-71-71—215 (+2). 5. Casey Grice, North Carolina, 71-73-72—216 (+3). 5. Kendall Martindale, Vanderbilt, 73-71-72— 216 (+3).

LSU scores: 2. Madelene Sagstrom 71-67-75—213 (E). T14. Elise Bradley 79-70-73—222 (+9). T27. Ali Lucas 74-77-74—225 (+12). T30. Lindsay Gahm 76-73-77—226 (+13). 44. Nadine Dreher 74-76-80—230 (+17).

Men’s golf

TIGERS LOOK TO DEFEND ARGENT FINANCIAL CLASSIC TITLE: After opening up the spring season with a pair of runner-up finishes in three tournament appearances, the 15th-ranked LSU men’s golf team will look to defend its championship at the Argent Financial Classic beginning Monday at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant.

Monday’s action features 36 holes with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Tee times for Tuesday’s final round will begin at 8 a.m. on both the front nine and back nine. The course will play to a par 72 and 7,105 yards.

LSU will compete against an 11-team field featuring 32nd-ranked North Texas, Arkansas-Little Rock, Central Arkansas, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State, Missouri State, Southern Mississippi and Texas State.

LSU is paired with Louisiana Tech and North Texas on Monday.

Men’s tennis

TIDE DEFEATS TIGERS: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., No. 31 Alabama scored a 6-1 win over No. 53 LSU on Sunday at the UA Varsity Courts.

LSU dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference, while Alabama moved to 11-5 and 2-2.

The Tigers travel to face Texas A&M on Friday at 6 p.m.

#31 Alabama 6, #53 LSU 1

Singles

1. No. 100 Jarryd Botha (Alabama) def. Chris Simpson 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

2. Daniil Proskura (Alabama) def. Olivier Borsos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

3. No. 85 Becker O’Shaughnessey (Alabama) def. Tam Trinh 6-3, 6-4

4. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) def. Philippe Tsangarides 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

5. David Vieyra (Alabama) def. Mark Bowtell 7-6(0), 7-6(6)

6. Stuart Kenyon (Alabama) def. Harrison Kennedy 3-6, 6-2, 6-0

Doubles

1. Botha/Vieyra (UA) vs. No. 41 Simpson/Szacinski (LSU) 7-6, unf.

2. O’Shaughnessey/Proskura (UA) def. Anderson/Trinh (LSU) 8-6

3. Kenyon/Tsangarides (UA) def. Borsos/Kennedy (LSU) 8-4

Women’s tennis

LADY TIGERS FALL AT ALABAMA: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., freshman Caroline Hudson notched LSU’s only point with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alabama’s Yasmeen Ebada in a 6-1 loss to the Crimson Tide at the Alabama Tennis Stadium.

LSU dropped to 7-7 overall and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference, while Alabama moved to 12-1 and 4-0.

#6 Alabama 6, #71 LSU 1

Singles

1. #20 Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) def. Kaitlin Burns 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)

2. #36 Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) def. Mary Jeremiah 6-0, 6-2

3. #77 Maya Jansen (Alabama) def. Ella Taylor 6-0, 6-4

4. Emily Zabor (Alabama) def. Ariel Morton 6-1, 6-2

5. #106 Natalia Maynetto (Alabama) def. Ebie Wilson 6-4, 6-1

6. Caroline Hudson (LSU) def. Yasmeen Ebada 7-5, 6-3

Doubles

1. #4 Macfarlane/Guarachi (Alabama) def. Morton/Jeremiah 8-2

2. Antonia Foehse/Maya Jansen (Alabama) def. Keri Frankenberger/Wilson 8-4

3. Maynetto/Zabor (Alabama) vs. Burns/Taylor 7-4, unfinished

Swimming and diving

DIVERS SEEK TO QUALIFY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT REGIONALS:The LSU divers will compete for a chance to qualify for the NCAA National Championships at the three-day NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Regionals hosted at the CRWC Natatorium in Houston beginning on Monday.

Eight men and seven women will earn a spot to the NCAA Championships through a qualifying process that involves final places on the one-meter, three-meter and platform.

The first day of competition will begin with the men’s one-meter springboard at 11 a.m. and the women’s three-meter at 4:30 p.m.

The Zone ‘D’ Diving Region consists of LSU, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, TCU, Iowa State, Houston, Kansas, SMU, North Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota State, Texas A&M and Missouri State.